Patents Examined by Tinsae B Ayalew
  • Patent number: 11408112
    Abstract: A detergent additive box includes a closed box body having a cavity inside, wherein a liquid outlet and a unidirectional ventilation structure and a liquid outlet device are formed in the box body, the liquid outlet communicates with a draining pipeline of a washing machine to drain a detergent additive into a washing cavity of the washing machine; the unidirectional ventilation structure balances air pressures inside and outside the detergent additive box; and the liquid outlet device is arranged at the liquid outlet. The detergent additive is stored in the cavity of the box body, and the detergent additive enters the draining pipeline of the washing machine from the detergent additive box through the liquid outlet device. Air in the detergent additive box is circulated unidirectionally to balance the air pressure in the detergent additive box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Peishi Lv, Baozhen Cheng, Tao Huang
  • Patent number: 11390978
    Abstract: A decelerating clutch of a washing machine includes a bearing seat, an input shaft, an output shaft, and an output shaft sleeve. The input shaft and the output shaft are arranged coaxially. The output shaft sleeve is sleeved on the input shaft and the output shaft. The output shaft sleeve rotates relative to the input shaft. The output shaft sleeve is connected with the input shaft via a planetary gear train. The output shaft sleeve is installed on the bearing seat via a bearing. The bearing seat and the output shaft sleeve are respectively provided with locating structures coordination with the bearings, and the locating structures axially limit movement of the output shaft sleeve relative to the bearing seat. As to the decelerating clutch of a washing machine, two-way limit to a bearing is realized, thereby effectively avoiding axial movement of the output shaft sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Zongrui Chi, Houli Luan, Long Yang
  • Patent number: 11384476
    Abstract: A laundry treating apparatus may include a main body provided with a front panel having a laundry inlet port, and a recess recessed into the front panel to surround the laundry inlet port; and a door rotatably coupled to the front panel to open and close the laundry inlet port, and having a portion thereof protruding forward from the recess. The door may include an outer frame facing an outside of the recess; a front glass attached to a front surface of the outer frame; an inner frame coupled to a rear surface of the outer frame, the inner frame facing an inside of the recess; and a handle recessed into a rear surface of the inner frame so as to face a portion where the recess starts to be recessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Yongwoo Kwon, Yeongkyeong Choi, Gyuri Kim
  • Patent number: 11377073
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system (1) for cleaning an optical sensor (3), notably of a motor vehicle, comprising: —an element (5) for spraying a cleaning liquid, —a tank (7) of cleaning liquid fluidically connected to the element (5) for spraying cleaning liquid, —a pump (9) configured to pump the cleaning liquid from the tank (7) to the element (5) for spraying the cleaning liquid, the system (1) also comprising a containment wall (11) for the cleaning liquid, which is movable between a retracted position in which the containment wall is configured to be positioned outside the field of view of the optical sensor (3) and a cleaning position in which the containment wall (11) is configured to be positioned in front of the optical sensor (3) so as to define a collection vessel (13) for the cleaning liquid, and in that it comprises an evacuation pipe (15) for the cleaning liquid that is connected both to the collection vessel (13) in the cleaning position and to the tank (7) of cleaning liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Valeo Systèmes d'Essuyage
    Inventor: Frédéric Giraud
  • Patent number: 11377777
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a washing barrel, a water collecting device for collecting the discharged water of the washing barrel and a drainage channel. A first drainage outlet is arranged on a lower part of a barrel wall. The drainage channel is arranged on an outer wall of the washing barrel, and communicates with the first drainage outlet, to guide water discharged from the washing barrel to a part below the washing barrel. An upper part of the drainage channel is provided with a water inlet, a lower part is provided with a water outlet. The drainage channel covers the first drainage outlet of the barrel wall in a sealed manner, and the water inlet communicates with the first drainage outlet. The water collecting device comprises a water collecting cavity and a second drainage outlet. The water outlet of the drainage channel, is arranged within the water collecting cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignees: QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD., HAIER SMART HOME CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sheng Xu, Yanfen Lv, Xinghui Hao, Di Wu, Peishi Lv
  • Patent number: 11365507
    Abstract: The present disclosure belongs to the field of washing machines, in particular relates to a washing barrel and a washing machine provided with the washing barrel. The washing barrel can accommodate washing water, a side wall of the washing barrel is provided with a drainage channel for discharging washing water in the washing barrel during dehydrating, and the drainage channel is provided with a water guiding part to guide washing water in the drainage channel to discharge rapidly. Through setting a water guiding part, washing water entering the drainage channel can be discharged rapidly along the drainage channel under the guidance of the water guiding part, and drainage can be realized with no need of reducing rotating speed of the washing barrel, thereby making the drainage smooth, reducing consumption of the motor which drives the washing barrel to rotate, and reducing vibration and noise of the whole machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignees: QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD., QINGDAO HAIER SMART TECHNOLOGY R&D CO., LTD., HAIER SMART HOME CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xi Wang, Rui Zhang, Xinghui Hao, Di Wu, Chunfeng Lao
  • Patent number: 11365505
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an agitator for a drum washing machine and a drum washing machine. The agitator comprises a first agitating subsection and a second agitating subsection, and an agitating rib of the first agitating subsection is provided with water spray holes, the second agitating subsection and the first agitating subsection are separate parts, and the second agitating subsection and the first agitating subsection are mounted and jointly define a water spray channel in communication with the water spray hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: WUXI LITTLE SWAN ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiangkuan Liu, Jia Wang, Chaolin Gu, Guangfang Lin, Song Lu
  • Patent number: 11359319
    Abstract: A laundry dewatering method using an intelligent washing machine is disclosed. A laundry dewatering method using an intelligent washing machine trains a ball balancer control model for acquiring first ball balancer control information related to position control in an inner tub of a ball balancer positioned in the inner tub, acquires first washing machine state information related to a dewatering operation of the washing machine, acquires the first ball balancer control information by inputting the first washing machine state information to the trained ball balancer control model, controls a position of the ball balancer in the inner tub on the basis of the acquired first ball balancer control information, and dewaters the laundry on the basis of the control result, thereby being able to reduce vibration and noise of the washing machine due to laundry that is non-uniformly received and dewatered in the inner tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Dongsoo Choung, Guntae Bae
  • Patent number: 11359323
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a laundry treating apparatus, comprising: a body having a laundry introduction opening; and a door configured to open and close the laundry introduction opening, wherein the door includes: a door frame rotatably coupled to the body, and having an opening which faces the laundry introduction opening in a closed state of the door; and a front glass attached to the door frame to thus form a front appearance of the door, and wherein the front glass includes: a transparent region corresponding to the opening; an opaque region formed to enclose the transparent region; and an align mark configured to guide an attachment position of the front glass to the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jungsang You, Yongwoo Kwon, Minsoo Seo
  • Patent number: 11359322
    Abstract: The present disclosure belongs to the field of washing machines, in particular to a washing barrel and a washing machine having the washing barrel. The washing barrel is configured to accommodate washing water. The washing barrel comprises a barrel body and a drainage channel being arranged on a side wall of the barrel body and configured to discharge washing water in the barrel body out of the barrel body during dehydrating. The drainage channel is provided with a water inlet communicated with an inside of the barrel body; and the barrel body is provided with a guiding part used to guide washing water in the barrel body into the water inlet during dehydrating. The present disclosure has the following beneficial effects: through setting the guiding part, the washing water is guided to the drainage channel and discharged through the drainage channel to realize rapid dehydration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignees: QINGDAO HAIER WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD., QINGDAO HAIER SMART TECHNOLOGY R&D CO., LTD., HAIER SMART HOME CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Di Wu, Xinghui Hao, Chunfeng Lao
  • Patent number: 11346039
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance includes a chassis defining an interior and having a front panel defining a front panel opening. A rotatable treating chamber is located within the interior and accessible through the front panel opening. A door assembly is movably mounted to the chassis for movement between opened and closed positions to selectively open or close the front panel opening. A compartment is movably mounted to the door assembly for movement between opened and closed positions. A basin is carried by the compartment between an accessible position and a non-accessible position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Jun Young Park, Seth E. Bixby, Dario Grasselli, Andrew C. Kubasiak, Giuseppe Netti, Anna C. Schelling, Sayer J. Murphy, Gregg P. Fitzgerald, Biagio Ludovico
  • Patent number: 11339521
    Abstract: Provided is a washing agent pump and a laundry treating apparatus having the same. The laundry treating apparatus may include a cabinet, a tub provided within the cabinet, a rotary tub provided within the tub in a rotatable manner, and a washing agent supply unit. The washing agent supply unit may include a storage container to store a liquid washing agent including a liquid detergent or a liquid softener, the storage container being slidably provided in the cabinet, a washing agent supply passage having one side connected to the storage container and another side connected to the tub, and a washing agent delivery device provided in the washing agent supply passage to deliver the liquid washing agent to the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sungwoon Jung, Hunjun Jang
  • Patent number: 11332871
    Abstract: A washing machine includes a casing, a tub, a drum, a pump for circulating water from the tub, a gasket connecting an entry hole of the casing to an entrance hole of the tub and including nozzles for spraying water to the drum, and distribution pipes for supplying water to the nozzles. The nozzles are arranged at both lateral sides of the gasket in a vertical direction. The distribution pipes are arranged at an outer circumferential surface the gasket and coupled to receiving pipes that protrude from the gasket. The distribution pipes include an inlet port and outlet ports disposed in the vertical direction corresponding to the nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Kwanghyun Kim, Hansol Kim, Hosung Jang
  • Patent number: 11332874
    Abstract: A washing machine appliance, as provided herein, may include a cabinet, a tub, a basket, and a fluid additive dispenser. The fluid additive dispenser may include a housing and a dispenser drawer. The housing may extend between an open front end and a closed rear end. The housing may be disposed within the cabinet. The dispenser drawer may be selectively received in the housing above the basket. The dispenser drawer may extend from a forward end proximate to the rotation axis to a rearward end distal to the rotation axis. The dispenser drawer may define a primary compartment and a pod compartment adjacent to the primary compartment between the forward end and the rearward end. The dispenser drawer may further define a pod outlet extending through a wall of the pod compartment to direct a wash fluid therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2022
    Assignee: Haier US Appliance Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Fikreadam Abebe Damtew, Troy Marshall Wright, James Quentin Pollett
  • Patent number: 11326298
    Abstract: A system and method for washing items with water includes a water inlet and a container for receiving the items to be washed. The system comprises a water purification apparatus for purifying water introduced through said water inlet to produce purified water. The water purification apparatus comprises at least one filter for filtering off particulate solids, a reverse osmosis device, and at least one deionizing filter. The system further comprises a reservoir for storing purified water produced by the water purification apparatus, said reservoir being connected to said water purification apparatus and said container, so that the items are washable inside the container with the purified water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: SWATAB Scandinavian Water Technology AB
    Inventor: Per Hansson
  • Patent number: 11326295
    Abstract: A laundry treating appliance includes a tub defining a tub interior and a basket rotatably mounted within the tub interior. The basket can include an upper basket portion defining a basket interior, as well as a lower base portion coupled to the upper basket portion and including at least one spoke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: David P. Goshgarian
  • Patent number: 11319660
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a clothes handling apparatus that allows a user to easily change a door opening direction. The clothes handling apparatus includes a cabinet having an opening formed in a front surface thereof, a door configured to open or close the opening, and a door lock including a first door latch installed at a right side of the opening and provided to lock the door and a second door latch installed at a left side of the opening and provided to lock the door. The door may be rotatably installed at the left side of the opening or rotatably installed at the right side of the opening, and the first door latch or the second door latch may lock the door depending on whether the door is installed at the left side or the right side of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Joon Ho Kim, Jae Won Park, Hyun Su Kang, Ki Su Lee
  • Patent number: 11317783
    Abstract: A retracting rack for an appliance such as a dish washing appliance. The rack may be positionable between a stowed position and a deployed position. A spring may drive the rack towards the stowed position. A locking mechanism may be used to secure the rack in one or more positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eric Scalf, Robert Digman
  • Patent number: 11313067
    Abstract: A centrifugal dispenser comprises a first container that has a first wall with a lower end defining at least a portion of a first reservoir. The first wall also has an upper end extending above the lower end. A first centrifugal chamber that is at least partially defined by the upper end of the first wall is fluidly coupled to the first reservoir and located centrifugally downstream of the first reservoir. A second centrifugal chamber is located centrifugally downstream of the first centrifugal chamber. A second container defining a second reservoir is fluidly coupled with the second centrifugal chamber and an orifice is located in the upper end of the first wall and has a valve that fluidly couples the first and second centrifugal chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Whirlpool S.A.
    Inventors: Bruno T. Ramasco, Guilherme Henrique Manzi, Marcelo Araujo Dos Santos
  • Patent number: 11313066
    Abstract: A clothing treatment agent dispensing assembly for use in a clothing treatment device, and a clothing treatment device, the clothing treatment device including a body, the clothing treatment agent dispensing assembly including a dispensing container and a storage container in sealed connection to one another, the vertical cross-section of the dispensing container being smaller than the vertical cross-section of the storage container, and the dispensing container and the storage container both being capable of sliding relative to the body, such that when the dispensing container is pulled out of the body, the storage container can follow the dispensing container to slide in the body. The present clothing treatment device is more flexible in the layout of the overall space, such that the layout and installation of components such as a control panel are more flexible, facilitating product design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignees: QINGDAO HAIER DRUM WASHING MACHINE CO., LTD., Haier Smart Home Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tao Huang, Baozhen Cheng, Huacheng Zhang